Author Archive | heidi


How is it Easter already!?

2016 has gone by in such a blur already that I can’t quite believe it’s almost Easter! This year we have had gone back in time to the ice age and explored dinosaurs, we had a party for Chinese New Year, we shared love (and some groovy moves) at our Family Valentine’s Disco and we […]

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What to expect, when?

Children’s brains develop more in early childhood than at any other stage in life and as an Early Years practitioner being a part of their journey is an amazing privilege. However YOU (the parents) are ultimately the ones with the biggest part to play with around 87% of their time being spent with you whilst […]

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The Value of Outdoor Play

We all know that when children are starting to get restless that we often say “go and play outside”, knowing that it will help them ‘run off steam’, but being able to ‘send children outside’ to play is so much more valuable than we realise. Not only does it genuinely help tire them out (which […]

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Why choose St Mary’s? – A Parents View

“Sending my son to St Mary’s playgroup has been such a positive experience. I chose the playgroup as I was drawn to the warm, caring atmosphere delivered by the staff and also, the space of the room and the cleanliness appealed. The children are given a great variety of activities to keep them occupied during […]

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One gone and one on the way – A Parents View

“My daughter left St Marys Playgroup in July last year to start St Marys Primary School. I loved the fact she was treated as an individual and they knew her interests and dislikes and would work around that as much as possible, she wasn’t just a number in the register. The structure of each session […]

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The first time you say goodbye – A Parents View

“Leaving my child with someone other than close friends or family was a big step to take especially at just 2years 9months, however, from the moment I looked around St. Mary’s Playgroup I knew he would be well cared for and encouraged. The communication before starting was fantastic and I felt the staff were trying […]

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The new design!

Being an illustrator by trade and with a child at the playgroup I was asked to give a bit of input into a new look for the logo and website. I was told of the old logo ‘it’s time we let the little boy put his hand down!’, so I got together with a few […]

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Welcome from St Mary’s Playgroup!

Hello and welcome to our new website! We are really excited to be launching this new platform along with our fresh new branding as we start a new term. This site will hopefully help you find out a little bit more about who we are and what we do if your looking for childcare for […]

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